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Old 11-08-2020, 01:55 PM
 
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I started smoking in 1999 and wanted to quit multiple times afterward, but it was tough. Around late 2010 I really wanted to, but actually had a doctor advise me to continue smoking because I had a lot of stressful things going on during that recession, and she thought it could help alleviate stress. She did urge me to quit once things stabilized though.

In early 2016 I got to a point where I could manage quitting, and I was living in Phoenix at the time and planning on moving out ASAP (and likely to a more expensive city, which ultimately was the case a couple years later) and wanted to save money. I talked to a doctor about my options because any other method I previously tried didn't work and he put me on Chantix and said I could continue to smoke, but should try to reduce it over the treatment. I noticed that smoking just wasn't pleasurable as I went through treatment and I just didn't want to smoke. I skimmed through others' posts and see many felt nausea; I didn't get that to a great extent, which is odd for me because I usually get that side effect from medication or vaccinations. I remember a few times I felt kind of dizzy and lightheaded, but it wasn't that bad. It did affect my mood and made me often feel like I had a general malaise all over. As a word of warning: commit to the treatment in full; I noticed my cravings were reduced and thought I could probably stop before finishing all doses, though that made me relapse. I got back on it immediately and completed the remaining doses.

I haven't smoked since March 2016. Every once in a while I get a craving still, but nothing overwhelming and it typically passes within a few minutes. Now if I have my window open and someone nearby is smoking and I smell it, I find the odor repellent. I do sometimes have a recurring dream theme in which I'm smoking and feel bad about it. I was spending too much money on cigarettes, even when going to a smoke shop on a reservation to skip the extra taxes. I do miss smoking at times, but overall I think Chantix was worth it.
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I smoked from 1979 to 2016.
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:54 AM
 
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Plan to stop smoking in 7 days. Doctor told me to take one 1mg tablet for 7 days, continue smoking, then on the 7th day, do 2 tablets a day and stop smoking...We shall see how it works!


Ive used Chantix in the past, but didnt give it enough time to build up in my system before stopping. I cannot remember why I stopped taking it, I think it was making me feel nauseous.
I quit with Chantix a couple of months ago. I had tried before, but it's been much easier this time due to Covid simply because I'm not spending time with extended family that I can bum cigarettes from.

I never took it for such a short period before stopping though. I took it for about a month before I stopped smoking, and I'm just now weaning off it a couple months later. Went from 2 tablets down to one, now one every other day. I always in the past struggled when it wore off because the cravings came back strong, but it seems better this time around.

I actually miss the beginning part, with the vivid dreams. I always had goofy, funny dreams, and could remember all the details, for about the first 2 weeks.
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:28 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I started smoking in 1999 and wanted to quit multiple times afterward, but it was tough. Around late 2010 I really wanted to, but actually had a doctor advise me to continue smoking because I had a lot of stressful things going on during that recession, and she thought it could help alleviate stress. She did urge me to quit once things stabilized though.

In early 2016 I got to a point where I could manage quitting, and I was living in Phoenix at the time and planning on moving out ASAP (and likely to a more expensive city, which ultimately was the case a couple years later) and wanted to save money. I talked to a doctor about my options because any other method I previously tried didn't work and he put me on Chantix and said I could continue to smoke, but should try to reduce it over the treatment. I noticed that smoking just wasn't pleasurable as I went through treatment and I just didn't want to smoke. I skimmed through others' posts and see many felt nausea; I didn't get that to a great extent, which is odd for me because I usually get that side effect from medication or vaccinations. I remember a few times I felt kind of dizzy and lightheaded, but it wasn't that bad. It did affect my mood and made me often feel like I had a general malaise all over. As a word of warning: commit to the treatment in full; I noticed my cravings were reduced and thought I could probably stop before finishing all doses, though that made me relapse. I got back on it immediately and completed the remaining doses.

I haven't smoked since March 2016. Every once in a while I get a craving still, but nothing overwhelming and it typically passes within a few minutes. Now if I have my window open and someone nearby is smoking and I smell it, I find the odor repellent. I do sometimes have a recurring dream theme in which I'm smoking and feel bad about it. I was spending too much money on cigarettes, even when going to a smoke shop on a reservation to skip the extra taxes. I do miss smoking at times, but overall I think Chantix was worth it.
Congrats!

I hate the smell of smoke and I smoke! I especially hate when someone smokes in a car and doesn't hold the cig by the window or doesn't blow the smoke directly out. That's how I smoke in my own car because I can't stand the smell of lingering smoke.

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I quit with Chantix a couple of months ago. I had tried before, but it's been much easier this time due to Covid simply because I'm not spending time with extended family that I can bum cigarettes from.

I never took it for such a short period before stopping though. I took it for about a month before I stopped smoking, and I'm just now weaning off it a couple months later. Went from 2 tablets down to one, now one every other day. I always in the past struggled when it wore off because the cravings came back strong, but it seems better this time around.

I actually miss the beginning part, with the vivid dreams. I always had goofy, funny dreams, and could remember all the details, for about the first 2 weeks.
Congrats on stopping!
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:35 AM
 
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Congrats!

I hate the smell of smoke and I smoke! I especially hate when someone smokes in a car and doesn't hold the cig by the window or doesn't blow the smoke directly out. That's how I smoke in my own car because I can't stand the smell of lingering smoke.



Congrats on stopping!
Thank you! Hopefully not too late, smoking since age 15!

I also could never stand smoking in a room with no outside air! Don't know if you've ever been to Atlanta airport, but they used to have a smoker's room. You didn't even need to light up, there'd be 50 people in there smoking all at once. It was disgusting. Not so disgusting though that I didn't run in and quick smoke a cig before boarding though!
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Old 11-09-2020, 10:24 AM
 
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Thank you! Hopefully not too late, smoking since age 15!

I also could never stand smoking in a room with no outside air! Don't know if you've ever been to Atlanta airport, but they used to have a smoker's room. You didn't even need to light up, there'd be 50 people in there smoking all at once. It was disgusting. Not so disgusting though that I didn't run in and quick smoke a cig before boarding though!
Its never too late to quit!


I like to read those little informational pamphlets about quitting smoking that tell you the health benefits of quitting in lengths of time, starts out at 20min after you take the last puff!
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Old 11-09-2020, 01:37 PM
 
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Its never too late to quit!


I like to read those little informational pamphlets about quitting smoking that tell you the health benefits of quitting in lengths of time, starts out at 20min after you take the last puff!
I did quit, a couple months ago using Chantix! Yay for me lol.
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:28 PM
 
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Congrats!

I hate the smell of smoke and I smoke! I especially hate when someone smokes in a car and doesn't hold the cig by the window or doesn't blow the smoke directly out. That's how I smoke in my own car because I can't stand the smell of lingering smoke.
Thank you. I actually had a weird relationship with the smell of cigarette smoke when I was a smoker. My grandmother smoked and I would smoke in her house with her when I visited; once she had to go to the hospital and I stayed at her place a couple days to watch her dog, and because the whole house reeked of it I had a headache. When I would travel I would often request a smoking room, though only on occasion would I ever smoke in one (maybe once or twice the whole trip...unless it had a window I could open). When I smoked in bars, it didn't bother me so much. Overall, I preferred to smoke outside, but if I were to go out and the weather outside was unpleasant I'd smoke indoors, assuming it were allowed in that area.

Now I'm more sensitive to it. I can pass it on the street and it doesn't bother me, but can't do enclosed spaces. In my last Phoenix apartment, because the buildings are cheap and poorly made there, my neighbor would smoke in his at night and my entire room would fill with his smoke. I've gone to visit family in Oklahoma, and usually swing by a bar or two to get away for a night, and there was one as of last year that was so smoky I had to leave.
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:02 PM
 
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I smoked for 55 years. I quit about seven times but it never took.

In 2004, I learned that a congenital heart defect had progressed from minor to serious and would require surgery.

My doctor prescribed Wellbutrin which is a psych drug but works to facilitate quitting nicotine. It works like Chantix - take it for several days while you work up to quitting.

I quit at 6:30 am on Tuesday Nov. 2, 2004. By the time I had my surgery in January of 2005, my 20 minute morning cough was gone which was important because with an 11" incision down my chest coughing would not have been welcome.

I'm a non-smoker 16 years later.

I applaud you OP and hope that you will say the same thing in 2036.
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Old 11-10-2020, 02:57 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Plan to stop smoking in 7 days. Doctor told me to take one 1mg tablet for 7 days, continue smoking, then on the 7th day, do 2 tablets a day and stop smoking...We shall see how it works!


Ive used Chantix in the past, but didnt give it enough time to build up in my system before stopping. I cannot remember why I stopped taking it, I think it was making me feel nauseous.
How are you doing with the chantix?

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Thank you! Hopefully not too late, smoking since age 15!

I also could never stand smoking in a room with no outside air! Don't know if you've ever been to Atlanta airport, but they used to have a smoker's room. You didn't even need to light up, there'd be 50 people in there smoking all at once. It was disgusting. Not so disgusting though that I didn't run in and quick smoke a cig before boarding though!
Been smoking since summer before 3rd grade. My grandson is 7 in 2nd grade, so I was about his age.

We smoke in the garage with the door up.



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Thank you. I actually had a weird relationship with the smell of cigarette smoke when I was a smoker. My grandmother smoked and I would smoke in her house with her when I visited; once she had to go to the hospital and I stayed at her place a couple days to watch her dog, and because the whole house reeked of it I had a headache. When I would travel I would often request a smoking room, though only on occasion would I ever smoke in one (maybe once or twice the whole trip...unless it had a window I could open). When I smoked in bars, it didn't bother me so much. Overall, I preferred to smoke outside, but if I were to go out and the weather outside was unpleasant I'd smoke indoors, assuming it were allowed in that area.

Now I'm more sensitive to it. I can pass it on the street and it doesn't bother me, but can't do enclosed spaces. In my last Phoenix apartment, because the buildings are cheap and poorly made there, my neighbor would smoke in his at night and my entire room would fill with his smoke. I've gone to visit family in Oklahoma, and usually swing by a bar or two to get away for a night, and there was one as of last year that was so smoky I had to leave.
My parents smoked. My mother didn't inhale so it was pure nicotine on the walls of their house. My dad built a house by me in 2005, he was diagnosed terminal leukemia a week before it closed. I spent a lot of time at that old house washing walls, molding, windows, appliances while he did blood work 30 minutes away. You could see the pure nicotine coming off everything as I sprayed it. It was gross. One room didn't get the walls washed down, the nicotine bled through the paint, my neighbor had to redo it.

I'll never smoke inside after that. It's why I'm so careful in my car.

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